Sunday, June 16, 2024
Andhra Pradesh

Fairs and Festivals


Bhishama Ekadashi

Bhishama Ekadashi Bhishma Ekadashi is dedicated to Bhishma the grand old warrior of Kurukshetra and the son of Ganga and Shantanu.  This festival is celebrated on the eleventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Magha.

Only pious Brahmins and well-read Kshatriyas observe this day. As Bhishma died childless, the observers think that  it was their duty to make libations of water to his spirit.  Brahmins observe a fast, to perform puja to Bhishma and break their fast on Dwadasi, is the subsequent day by parajama a feast.  Kshatriyas invite their priests and hear the story of Bhishma's life and give them provisions and money.